Defense Shines in Big D

Oklahoma's defensive effort in Saturday's 14-3 win over Texas in the Cotton Bowl brings back memories of last years Orange Bowl

Defense. Defense. Defense. What else can you say about Oklahoma's second consecutive victory (14-3) against rival Texas? In a game that featured the lowest offensive output during Stoops' tenure at Oklahoma, the defense played with a fire matched only by last year's Orange Bowl.

While Texas' Chris Simms was hoping to have his national coming out party on Saturday, Oklahoma's defense, led by Roy Williams, had other ideas.  

Williams was making plays on special teams. Then again on defense sacking the quarterback or making an interception. Or maybe you liked his goal line leap that had him flying through the air with reckless abandon. He was everywhere all at once. While not the official player of the game, he may have made the highlight reel play of the year that allowed OU's defense to score only the second touchdown of the game. 

Williams wasn't alone during the Oklahoma defenses big day. Jimmy Wilkerson had arguably his best game as a Sooner with three sacks and putting relentless pressure on Texas's Chris Simms. 

Others need to be mentioned too. Antonio Perkins made a crucial interception in the end zone that ended Texas' last real scoring threat. Andre Woolfolk had an interception, a blocked field goal, and countless open field tackles. Rocky Calmus had another solid game. Teddy Lehman was in the right place to snatch Chris Simms' fluttering ball that was jarred loose by the leaping Roy Williams. The list goes on and on. 

And what about the two true freshmen defensive linemen? Tommie Harris and Dusty Dvoracek, both from Texas, had big days. They continuously hounded Simms and completely shut down the Longhorn running game. 

All in all, the Oklahoma team made plays — the Texas team didn't. Knowing how to win, no matter how big or small the game, is often the determining factor when teams of equal strength and talent do battle. It is not something you can recruit. It is not something you can fake. It is an attribute that is gained by continually being tested in big games. Oklahoma is mentally tough and battle tested – for that reason the winning streak increases to 18.

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